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What to say

In memory of Uwavera, raped
   and killed in a church.


“…a girl’s body was dumped…”

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no, say, a girl’s garden was turned
a club where pleasure, horny fists & thorny
knuckles partied & the crumbs of cakes & drops
of wine was left to draw battle line on the sacred floor

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say, her rose was trampled & choked with thistles & her
dreams built castles in the air & her joy kissed despair
& her voice & trust collided in betraying her //
before // a girl’s body was dumped




Grace Alioke is a debater, decorator, writer and poet that draws inspiration from abuse, pains and healing. She believes things in ruins were once good and could be restored to their good states. She writes from Ogun state, Nigeria. You can reach her on Facebook and Twitter @grace alioke, or Instagram @alioke grace.

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